As men get older, their bodies produce less and less of the androgens, or male hormones, that help maintain muscle strength, libido and youthful appearance. Scientists have known for a while that testosterone replacement therapy can help men recover some of their youthful vitality and slow the outward physical signs of the aging process. Now, a recent study has discovered that not only can replenishing testosterone levels help older men feel more youthful, it can actually decrease their risk of cardiovascular disease and death.
The researchers looked at data from 83,000 men who were treated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical system for low testosterone between 1999 and 2014. The subjects were divided into three groups: those who received testosterone replacement therapy and were able to reach normal testosterone levels as a result, those who were treated but didn't reach normal levels, and those who didn't undergo any hormone treatment at all.
They found that the men who had received testosterone replacement therapy were 56 percent less likely to die of any cause over the next four to six years than those who didn't undergo therapy. They were 36 percent less likely than untreated men to suffer a stroke and 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack. Those who reached normal healthy testosterone levels were better off than those who underwent treatment but didn't manage to restore normal levels.
The researchers, including corresponding author Rajat Barua of the University of Kansas, emphasize that "appropriate screening, selection, dosing, and follow-up of patients" is necessary "to maximise the benefit of testosterone therapy."
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